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Greetings from Baum Stadium where No. 18 Arkansas plays host to No. 5 South Carolina at 7 p.m. in the first game of their SEC series. We've got some dark clouds hovering above the stadium, but the storm isn't expected to stick around long.
Tonight's game is being televised by ESPNU, but as always, we'll be providing live updates in this thread.
The starting lineups:
No. Pos. B/T Player
9 ss R/R Joey Pankake
31 cf L/L Evan Marzilli
13 1b R/R CHristian Walker
20 3b L/R LB Dantzler
21 c R/R Grayson Greiner
4 dh R/R COnnor Bright
3 lf R/R Tanner English
26 rf R/R Adam Matthews
16 2b L/R Chase Vergason
Starting pitcher: 29 LHP Michael Roth (4-0, 2.57 ERA)
18 ss R/R Tim Carver
3 dh L/R Jacob Mahan
25 1b B/R Dominic Ficociello
5 3b R/R Matt Reynolds
6 rf L/R Jimmy Bosco
1 lf R/R Brian Anderson
12 2b R/R Bo Bigham
19 c R/R Jake Wise
4 cf R/R Jacob Morris
Starting pitcher: 55 RHP Ryne Stanek (6-3, 2.52 ERA)
Looks like a good crowd here today. Got here at 6, and the lot we park in was 99.9 percent full. Haven't seen that all season.
This post was edited by R Turbeville on 5/4/2012 at 7:09 PM
South Carolina brings an 11-game winning streak into this matchup. Arkansas has won four in a row.
Pankake (.284 avg.) leads it off. First pitch is at 7:03.
This post was edited by R Turbeville on 5/4/2012 at 7:08 PM
And Stanek strikes him out swinging on a 1-2 pitch. Marzilli (.282) now at the plate.
Marzilli goes down looking on a nice slider from Stanek. Two away, and Walker (.342, 8 HRs) now batting.
Walker grounds out to Fic at first. Three up, three down in the top of the first.
Carver (.322) at the plate ...
And Carver sends a 2-2 pitch through the gap between third and shortstop. That sends Mahan (.289) to the plate. Mahan has just one extra-base hit all season, and ... he's looking to bunt.
Mahan sends a high chopper to second, and Vergason can't field it cleanly. Mahan reaches on the E-4. Ficociello (.339) now batting with two on and nobody out.
Another high chopper to second. Vergason makes the play this time, throwing Mahan out at second. Fic beats the throw to first. Reynolds (.312) at the plate with runners at the corners and one away.
Fic takes second on a wild pitch. It's a 2-0 count for Reynolds.
Make that a 3-0 count for Reynolds ...
Annnd he walks. Reynolds has now reached base in 30 consecutive games. The Hogs have the bases loaded with one out and Bosco (.273) batting.
Bosco comes through with a two-run single between first and second!
Hogs lead 2-0, and Anderson (.289) now batting with runners at the corners and one out here in the bottom of the first.
Wow! Anderson grounds to short for what looks like a double play, but beats the throw to first in a very close one. Here's the replay ... and he's safe. Good call.
Reynolds scores, and Arkansas is ahead 3-0. Bigham (.263) at the plate. 2-2 count, and Anderson is thrown out trying to steal second. Perfect throw from SC's catcher, Greiner.
Dantzler (.249) leads it off for Carolina in the top of the second ...
Dantzler strikes out swinging, sending Greiner (.264) to the plate.
Stanek catches him looking. Man, Stanek's mowing em down. Four strikeouts out of five batters faced.
Bright (.259) the next batter.
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